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About Lewis County
Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of 2000, the population was 68,600. The county seat is at Chehalis, and its largest city is Centralia.
It is named after Meriwether Lewis. Lewis County is known for sharing many characteristics with eastern Washington instead of western Washington, where it is located, especially politically. Lewis County voted for Republican George W. Bush by almost a 2-to-1 margin, in sharp contrast to the fairly Democratic surrounding areas.
Lewis County was created on December 19, 1845 by the provisional government of Oregon Territory.
Seeing history today is important to visitors and residents of Lewis County. The Lewis County Historical Museum in Chehalis invites you to honor the people, ideas, and events that laid the foundation for our lives today featuring a scale model railroad exhibit showcasing the railroad history of Lewis County, a hands-on children’s area, a research library including books and records on local history, and an extensive collection of photographs and newspapers.
Also, The Veterans Memorial Museum, founded in 1995, is dedicated to the men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces, during peacetime and war. The new facility was completed in July 2005, and features a 9,000-square-foot main gallery with more than 85 displays including uniforms, artifacts, military vehicles, a large military history library, and video recordings of veterans’ stories. A 3,000-square-foot event and conference center is also available for reunions, conferences, seminars and receptions.
The Vintage Motorcycle Museum, located in the historic Hotel Washington also in Chehalis, is home to original and fully restored, pre-1916 motorcycles and an assortment of antique bicycles. This private museum’s showcases are filled with memorabilia and historical photographs. Lewis County Centennial Businesses include Security State Bank in Chehalis and Lincoln Creek Lumber in Centralia.
Discover a wealth of activities, resources and places to see whether you are visiting us for the first time or are among our returning friends. Please use the many features of the Centralia City Guide to plan your visit or to learn more about the city and its remarkable history.
Centralia, Washington was founded in 1875 by George Washington, the son of a black slave, and a jack-of-all-trades who journeyed to the Pacific Northwest to create a new life.
A community working together to maintain a high quality of life ‘We are a vital and growing, historic rural community of caring, hard working, family oriented people working together for the well being of ourselves and our future generation. ‘ We will direct our daily activities toward realizing our vision of the future of Chehalis.
The City of Chehalis was incorporated on November 23, 1883, and operates under the laws of the State of Washington applicable to a non-charter code city with a council-manager form of government.